Co-convener of Bring Back Our Girls, Aisha Yesufu has reiterated her resolved not to link her mobile number to the National Identification Number (NIN), a project championed by Isa Pantami, Nigeria’s communications and digital economy minister.
Reports has exposed Mr Pantami’s link to extremism, which is documented in print, audio, and video in where he demonstrated his avowed sympathy for the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. He also described Boko Haram terrorists as his “Muslim brothers.”
Following the reports, many Nigerians have expressed fear of linking their NIN to their SIM. One of the many Nigerians is Ms Yesufu, she said even if it cost her not using a phone, she would not let her private data fall into the hands of terror-linked Mr Pantami.
“Let me repeat categorically what I have said before,” said Ms Yesufu, “I will not be linking my NIN to my phone number!”
Explaining why, she stated, “I will rather not have a phone line than willingly give my information and have it in the control of a terrorist sympathiser and his cohorts.”
Let me repeat categorically what I have said before. I WILL NOT BE LINKING MY NIN to my phone number! I will rather not have a phone line than willingly give my information and have it in the control of a terrorist sympathiser and his cohorts #PantamiMustGo
— Aisha Yesufu (@AishaYesufu) May 14, 2021